Monday, March 30, 2009

More Wine on a Monday Night!

All dressed up and nothing to do on Monday night? Take your self over to the bar at Scalo Northern Italian Grill in Nob Hill!

Scalo's Monday happy hour makes my inner wine snob jump for joy. Along with great food specials, like $5 bruschetta and $4 Calamari (the best I've had in years), Scalo offers a half-priced bottle of wine special. This means we can actually afford to get those $50 bottles we've always wanted to try, and with financial times like they are it feels good to splurge without breaking the bank.

My brother and I found a seat at the bar with some old friends and enjoyed great wine, food and coversation the whole evening. The bar and waitstaff were knowledgable, friendly and very welcoming. Sitting at this bar was almost reminiscent of my favorite place down the road... (it rhymes with Fonti Mista).

Our bartender (I didn't get his name) was like the fabled bartenders of old Vegas- he knew a martini and cosmo, opened bottles of wine and champagne with the greatest of ease and was quick with a nice word and a refill of your drink.

I will definitely be back for Wine Mondays and their other daily specials. They also have live music throughout the week including local favorites like Chris Dracup and Felonious Groove Foundation check their schedule for upcoming events here.

Ready to dance after that wine? Check out Double Time Dance Studio on Morningside for an $8 beginning Salsa lesson and open dance after you stop at Scalo.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Absence and Phoenix Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (for the 505 of course)

A small trip to another city will surely either make you wish you lived there or make you miss home. My latest adventure took me to Phoenix, Arizona. Yes Phoenix is a great place full of wonderful shopping, great sports and fun things to do but the whole time we were there we received terrible customer service and ate overpriced food.
Thus, coming back to my favorite Albuquerque hang out was a fresh cool breeze after a hot, rude Phoenix experience.

Walking into the Monte Vista is sure to make you feel better right away. 99% of the time you know at least 1 person who is there, there's a great food and drink special for that night and on Fridays you'll probably get to see a great local band.

The great drinks, amazing people and yummy food make me realize why this city (and Monte Vista) always makes me want to come back.

Angelo- trying out the new Aha Toro Margarita

Faith, Arlene and me enjoying a Monte Vista evening
I missed you 505!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Copper Lounge -The Trilogy

First off, shame on us for taking so long to visit our next location!

We chose Copper Lounge because of the great rumors we've heard from everyone. We've heard talk of the great food specials and the wonderfully-priced drinks.

Our 5:30 happy hour felt a bit strange, since we arrived at the bar while it was still light outside, (dang Daylight Savings Time) but we decided the quest for happy hour knowledge was more important than our own comfort so in we went! I did notice the great new patio they added on and the definite smell of smoke in the entrance from all the smokers who obviously have been enjoying their cigarettes on the new patio. (not my favorite smell but I understand the smokers have to go somewhere)

The bar was pleasantly dark and the entire ceiling in the main bar area was covered in great tin roof tiles. They were great entertainment in themselves.

We were unpleasantly surprised to find out the food specials didn't start until 7:30 so we consoled ourselves with some draft beer and vodka specials and some full-priced beef nachos. Our waitress was nice enough, the food was good and the clientele...